As at Monday July 21, 2014
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|OFFSHORE: With the cooler south westerlies drawing us ever closer to typical winter weather conditions the mackerel schools have all but disappeared from the local reefs. As if on cue, the snapper have come on the bite in numbers, and as their spawn run gathers momentum, the larger fish have begun to show.|
|The more distant, deeper waters were still the
better option for the bottom bashers and with light to moderate (5 to 15
knot) variable southerlies dominating on all but one day this week, there
were plenty of takers for a run out wide. Glenn Allen, Graham Mutch and
Greg Hales from the Noosa
Boat Fishing Club (above) targeted The Hards on Wednesday and
had a blinder, coming back with quality venus tusk fish and their bag limit
of snapper (to 80cm). With only a light current running the guys made the
most of the drawing powers of a Davo's
Berley Log and reported good results. Seven inch (Berkley Gulp) Tandoori
Chicken, Pink Shine and Peppered Prawn soft plastics on 1oz jig heads (with
3/0 hooks) outdid the traditional bottom bashing bait rigs most of the day.
Also out wide, The Barwon Banks produced amberjack, snapper, yellowtail kingfish, mulloway, mowong, venus tusk fish, gold band snapper, moses perch, pearl perch, teraglin jewfish and hussar. Clinton Kenny from Buderim (above) boated this quality snapper on Tuesday's Cougar One to 'The Banks'.
And from that same full day charter, Peter Yatras and Wayne Cooke from Wollongong (above) are pictured with a couple of healthy gold band snapper.
Trekka 2 did a run to The Banks on Wednesday and came back with a bin load of quality fish. Keith Hutchinson from Sydney and Alec Gale from Deniliquin (above) were more than happy to pose with the top weights of the day. We didn't get an official weight on their jewfish but a fair estimate would be 8kg-10kg.
|The snapper were well and truly on the chew out
that way as well. Peter MacGregor (photo above left) featured again with
one of the standout knobbies while Keith Hutchinson's fish came a close
second. The group found themselves surrounded by a voracious school of yellowtail
kingfish later in the day and pretty much bagged out on fish like the 75cm-80cm
fish Iain Hutchinson (above right) is posing with. Mat Holden from Hervey
Bay boated one of the two gold band snapper. Apart from that, Double Island
Point was quiet with just a few yellowfin tuna, snapper, moses perch, pearl
perch and venus tusk fish on the bite.
Closer in, North Reef produced squire and venus tusk fish, as did Chardon's Reef but with the added bonus there of teraglin jewfish, bonito, sweetlip, moses perch, estuary cod and cobia. Nicholas Iamunno from Boca Raton, Florida (above) boated his 8kg cobia at Chardon's Reef on Thursday's Trekka 2 charter.
Yellowfin tuna were reported schooling on Sunshine Reef at times. They weren't big fish but they were hungry and responding well to cast metal slug lures. There were also a few squire, pearl perch, moses perch and venus tusk fish on the bite out that way. In Laguna Bay, Little Hall's Reef was the spot for squire and sweetlip, as was Jew Shoal but with the added bonus there of the odd school mackerel. There were also a few tuna on the prowl just outside the bar.
By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Sunday July 13, 2014) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it, simply... CLICK HERE.
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